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Books I'm reading this November

Books on a bookshelf

This month, I’m reading 3 pretty cool books. One was recommended by a friend and the other 2 I picked up after reading some convincing reviews about them.

For fans of TLDR; here is the run down of the books I am reading this month:

  1. Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software, by Charles Petzold
  2. Grokking Algorithms, by Aditya Y. Bhargava
  3. The Eye of The World (Book 1 in the Wheel of Time series), by Robert Jordan

Onwards to a brief overview of this month’s reading list.

Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software

Code book cover
Code by Charles Petzold

Bought this book sometime in June and I just finally got around to reading it. I can honestly say I have learned a tonne already!

I am only a couple of chapters in and so far, I have enjoyed reading about the history of morse code and binary systems, as well as how and why they came about. Charles Petzold’s manner of writing is historical yet informative making it easy to follow along.

All in all, Charles Petzold has crafted a book that has gripped my curiosity and held my attention long enough to keep reading tales behind code.

Grokking Algorithms

Grokking Algorithm book cover
Grokking Algorithms by Aditya Y. Bhargava

I started this book about a week ago after I decided to lightly peruse through it on my morning commute to work. Let’s just say I have actually began to read it rather than peruse through it. I have read more than half the book already and gained a rough idea of the various algorithms the author discusses.

One of my favorite parts of the book is the really great illustrations. This book is illustration heavy and can be great especially for visual learners. The illustrations have really drove a lot of the concepts home.

Given its title, it doesn’t dive too much into the chosen algorithms, but it gives enough of an understanding such that even non-programmers can enjoy reading this book.

The Eye of The World

Eye of The World book cover
Eye of The World by Robert Jordan

I happen to be a fan of tales of epic adventures, quests into unknown realms, and basically a lot of fantasy. To put it into context, think Harry Potter, Eragon and The Lord of the Rings series. As such it was quite a surprise to me that I had not come across The Wheel of Time series until a friend mentioned it.

Having just read the first 8 chapters, I am already hooked into the very detailed world Robert Jordan weaves in this story. It has everything that makes epic tales so attractive. From the unknown quest, to the band of friends, to the unforgiving enemy chasing them all around.

I am surprised and a little ashamed I hadn’t discovered this series earlier. However, I am a bit excited I get to explore this new series. I can’t wait to discover the epic adventure the characters are on and the various transformations that are bound to happen. Their are 12 books in total, so I am in for a really long adventure.

That’s it for my leisure reading this month. Hope you enjoyed reading this post.